Sonia, Pinki and Simranjeet enter quarters of Women’s World Championships

first_imgIndian boxers Sonia and experienced Pinki Jingra along with Simranjeet Kaur entered the quarter-final of the 10th AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at the KD Jhadav Hall in New Delhi today.The three Indians joined the five other Indians – MC Mary Kom, Manisha Moun, Lovlina Borgohain and Bhagbati Kachari and Seema Poonia-in the last eight stages of the championships. Seema, who received a first-round bye in +81 class, got a direct quarterfinal entry with fewer boxers competing in the category.But Saweety Boora was not as lucky as she lost in the middleweight (75 kg) pre-quarterfinals to qualifier from Poland, Elzbieta Wojcik, who won a unanimous decision against the Indian. Saweety had received a bye in the first round.But the afternoon certainly belonged to Sonia who beat former world champion Stanimira Petrova from Bulgaria in a split verdict decision of 3:2. What caught the imagination of the boxing aficionados was the open-guard and carefree style of the 21-year-old. The Haryana girl, who made her debut in the New Delhi event, seemed more determined throughout the nine minutes of bout.In the opening round, it was a very calculative Indian who took her time, keeping away from the experienced Bulgarian with nice little jabs to the left and trying to look for an opening. In the process, she managed to deliver a couple of right-lefts even as the Bulgarian was countering well.Also read – Mary Kom, Manisha reach Women’s World Championships quarters, Sarita Devi bows outThe 2014 champion boxer, who also competed in the Rio Games, had her own plans in the second and came back strongly to unsettle the Indian somewhat, making an impression on the judges with her combination blows to the. But the clincher came in the third when Sonia began aggressively and ended the same way using the last 30 seconds to pack a punch to her blows. In the end, the split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29, 29-28, 28-29) favoured the blue-corner girl who got the nod from three judges.advertisement”I followed my coach’s instructions to study my opponent’s style. She was obviously very good and despite my open guard I had a good defence too. I knew I was lagging being on points in the second and I had to show my forceful intent, getting close to her and deliver the punches. I am happy, I could win the tough battle,” said the Indian.Though the Bulgarian was unhappy with the judges’ decision, Sonia countered diplomatically, saying, “Sometimes we think we got points, but the judges know it better.”PINKI ALL THE WAYIn what was a fast-paced 51 kg bout, Pinki Jangra got a unanimous decision when she beat European champion from England, Ebonie Alice Jones, despite the latter forcing the Indian on back foot straightaway.Opening with left jabs the Englishwoman traded combination punches and the Indian countered well to trade off some punches. In the second, the first-timer at the Worlds came charging, equally aggressive, but it looked both had their misses and scores.However, in the third a tiring Englishwoman, who almost cornered the Indian with little room to manoeuvre, found the Indian managing to send some combination punches and a good right. In the last 20 seconds, the relentless Indian was piling on the agony which culminated in sending the Indians into the quarters, where she will meet North Korean Mi Choi Pang.In the post-match interview, Pinki said she was confident of winning the bout. “I knew I would win against her (Ebonie) because she was inexperienced. I took my time but I had good counters which helped me win the judges’ verdict,” said the Hisar girl.Asked about her next opponent, the 28-year-old Haryana boxer said, she had watched her (Pang’s) Asian Games videos and was prepared for her. “I have watched her bouts and we will plan for tomorrow’s quarterfinals,” said the Glasgow CWG bornze medal winner.In the pre-quarters of the 64 Kg category bout, Ludhiana girl, Simranjeet got yet another unanimous decision as she beat Megan Reid from Scotland. The debutant Punjab girl had an upper hand in all three rounds with an impressive display of fast and furious boxing.RESULTS:First Session51Kg- Grazielie Jesus De Sousa (BRA) bt Joo Sara Hagnighat (CAN) 5:0, Tsukimi Namiki (JPN) bt Ceire Rose Smith (IRL) 3:2, Zhaina Shekerbekova (KAZ) bt Ingrit L. V. Victoria (COL) 3:2, Sandra Katarzyna Drabik (POL) bt Lise Sandebjer (SWE) 5:0,57Kg- Son Hwa Jo (PRK) bt Tamara Radunovic (MNE) 5:0, Yeni M. A. Castenada (COL) bt Mariia Sartakova (RUS) 5:0, Skye Brittany Nicolson (AUS) bt Nilawan Techasuep (THA) 3:2, Sonia (IND) bt Stanimira Petrova (BUL) 3:2advertisement64Kg- Milana Safronova (KAZ) bt Maya Kleinhans (GER) 3:2, Sema Caliskan (TUR) bt Dana Maria Borzei (ROU) 5:0, Maria Bova (UKR) bt Yvonne B. Rasmussen (DEN) 3:2, Jessica Messina (AUS) bt Soumaya Tabarkokt (ALG) 5:075Kg- Nouchka Mireille Fontijn (NED) bt Myagmarjargal Munkbhat (MGL) 5:0, Tammara Thibeault (CAN) bt Chei Kenneally (NZL) 5:0, Lauren Louise Price (WAL) bt Aoife Marie O’ Rourke (IRL) 5:0, Elzbieta Wojcik (POL) bt Saweety Boora (IND) 5:0Second Session51Kg- Yuan Chang (CHN) bt Claudia Nechita (ROU) 5:0, Chol Mi Pang (PRK) bt Jutamas Jitpong (THA) 5:0 , Virginia Fuchs (USA) bt Euna Jang (KOR) 5:0, Pinki Rani (IND) bt Ebonie Alice Lillie Jones (ENG) 5:057Kg- Alessia Mesiano (ITA) bt Michaela Walsh (IRL) 4:1, Jemyma Betrian (NED) Bt Aeji Im (KOR) R3 2:36, Junhua Yin (CHN) bt Leonela Sanchez (ARG) 5:0, Ornella Gabriele Wahner (GER) bt Victoria Glover (SCO) 5:064Kg- Simranjeet Kaur (IND) bt Megan Reid (SCO) 5:0Also watch – Exclusive: Hima Das keen to inspire Gen Nextlast_img read more

Farmer creates clothes from pipes, curtains. Video goes viral

first_imgEcologically responsible business practices have long been the spoken code among industries around the world. Time and again, the clothing industry too has adopted environment friendly fabrics, dyes and has managed to self regulate production.A farmer from China has recently tried pushing the envelope by creating costumes from scrap and discarded materials.Dou Xiaogang, the 38-year-old farmer cum part-time designer took to the streets of Meishan City, in China’s Southwestern Chengdu province performing catwalk at busy streets and intersections, while sporting his unique creations.Xiaogang uses water pipes, tyres, bamboo fans and curtains to create quirky pieces.His street catwalk videos have gone viral over the internet and have garnered widespread attention.ALSO SEE: Amnesty says sorry for sexualising refugee crisis after backlash, takes down magazine coverALSO WATCH: Archaeologists discover 4,400-year-old tomb in Egyptlast_img read more

Gulf Navigation Looking to Acquire Large Shipping Fleet

first_imgImage Courtesy: Gulf NavigationDubai-based owner and operator of chemical tankers Gulf Navigation Holding PJSC (GulfNav) signed a strategic contract with Deloitte related to the company’s upcoming acquisition of a large shipping fleet, a part of GulfNav’s future expansion plans.“This upcoming acquisition represents an important step towards achieving the company’s strategic goal in being a reliable arm for the maritime industry in the UAE and the region. With the completion of this acquisition, Gulf Navigation Holding will witness an unprecedented expansion of its shipping fleet, ship management services and other maritime services,” Khamis Juma Buamim, Board Member, Managing Director and Group CEO, said.Khamis added that, with this move, Gulf Navigation “will become a competitive provider of a wide range of services to the maritime industry in the region.”He said that the company’s services would expand beyond chemical carriers by including other ship types, offshore services, shipping services as well as ship building and repair.The company did not provide further details, however, Khamis said that more information will be revealed at the completion of the acquisition.In late October, GulfNav placed an order for six chemical tankers at China’s Wuchang Group in an aim to meet the increasing demand for transferring chemicals from the UAE and other Gulf countries to global markets.The agreement includes working to develop the transfer of chemicals from the Gulf countries, encouraging investment in the field of chemical industry and distribution in the Gulf region, and developing investment in the heavy marine industry infrastructure, according to GulfNav.For the three months ended September 30, 2016, Gulf Navigation reported a surge in its net income to AUD 116.8 million from AUD 5.6 million seen in the third quarter of 2015.The company’s net income for the nine-month period stood at AUD 131.1 million, up from AUD 15.6 million.last_img read more

IB Students Continue to be Strong Performers on World Stage

first_imgNova Scotia’s International Baccalaureate graduates are some of the strongest academic performers in the world, according to examination results released today, Oct. 4. The results show that Nova Scotia public school IB students outperformed North American IB students in all 29 subjects and World IB students in 26 of 29 subjects. “This achievement belongs to the students, their dedicated teachers and their families who supported them through this challenging program,” said Education Minister Ramona Jennex. “I am proud to see so many of our students succeed not only by earning their diploma, but also by showcasing to the rest of the world how we are putting kids and learning first in Nova Scotia.” Two-hundred-and-forty students graduated from the Geneva-based International Baccalaureate Organization this year. Eighty-seven-point-four per cent of Nova Scotia IB students passed the program, compared to 70.3 per cent in North America and 77.7 per cent worldwide. Graduates of the program were awarded $3.3 million in scholarships and bursaries from universities, independent foundations and government. Halifax West graduate Saba Balvardi scored a record-tying 44 out of a possible 45 points to earn her diploma. This is only the second score of 44 in the history of IB in the province. After receiving multiple scholarship offers, Saba decided to attend McGill University in Montreal. “IB taught me how to manage my time, keep up with a full course load, how to critique and analyze work, and, most importantly, it taught me about life outside of the class room,” said Ms. Balvardi. “I was able to spend time with people who shared the same passion as me and I was able to make lifelong friendships.” The International Baccalaureate offers high quality programs of international education to worldwide community of schools. There are more than 900,000 students in over 140 countries.last_img read more

Singh promises clean energy corridor as part of NDPs climate plan

first_imgWINNIPEG – New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh is promising, if elected, to build an east-west corridor to carry clean energy across the country.At a campaign stop in Winnipeg, Singh is laying out major components of his party’s proposals to deal with climate issues and to create green jobs.Singh says he would create a publicly funded $15-billion “climate bank” that would support businesses fighting climate change, and provide money for a cross-Canada corridor for clean and electric energy.He says the corridor would electrify the country and help eliminate Canada’s reliance on burning carbon.Singh says he would also make a “massive” investment to ensure all public transit across Canada is electrified by 2030 — but won’t share the estimated cost when pressed for details.He also says an NDP government would ensure Indigenous communities have a seat at the table as equal partners when it comes to finding solutions to climate issues since they often face the biggest challenges of the changing environment.last_img read more

More than a million lives threatened as cyclones heavy rains pummel southern

Southern African communities, local authorities and humanitarian partners are finding their resources stretched to the limit with the early arrival of the rainy season and relentless precipitation as well as an unprecedented series of cyclones and tropical storms, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. Despite recent improvements in the capacities for disaster and emergency preparedness and response, areas of Angola, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia are working to rebuild their homes and recover their livelihoods after months of heavy rains, OCHA said in a press release. “It seems either we have too much or too little rain,” said Kelly David, who heads OCHA’s Southern African regional office, underscoring the region’s vulnerabilities to natural disasters and food insecurity. “Building the capacity to respond quickly to rapid onset emergencies goes hand in hand with other sustained efforts by national governments and humanitarian partners to improve the lives of millions.” Madagascar, an island nation off the African coast, has been battered by six cyclones and tropical storms since last December, affecting almost half a million people. The cyclones left widespread flooding, displacement and crop damage in their wake. Most recently, Cyclone Jaya this month pounded the northeastern portion of the country with high winds, heavy rains and flooding. Meanwhile, southern Madagascar which is more arid saw its own share of the problems caused by drought, food insecurity and malnutrition. The combined effects of the natural disasters have exhausted the country’s resources, and less than half of a $9.6 million appeal issued in last month has been funded so far. OCHA anticipates that humanitarian needs will increase after the most recent cyclone, but without additional assistance, “the Malagasy people will continue to struggle to obtain shelter, food, potable water, and health care.” Mozambique, on the eastern coast of the continent, has also endured damage inflicted by floods and cyclones this year. Health centres, schools and other facilities have been severely damaged while crops have been destroyed. Almost 150,000 displaced people are still in accommodation centres, while another 55,500 more are being moved to resettlement sites. Close to 300,000 people in Zambia have been directly affected by the excessive rainfall last December which caused widespread flooding, and they need assistance to rebuild. Only 5 per cent of the almost $9 million need has been donated to respond to short-term needs as well as reduce risks and vulnerability in the long run. Meanwhile, heavy flooding in Angola and Namibia has displaced a combined total of 45,000 people. OCHA said that communities are also threatened by water contamination, increases in water-borne diseases and malaria. A cholera outbreak in Angola is also affecting thousands monthly. 4 April 2007Southern African communities, local authorities and humanitarian partners are finding their resources stretched to the limit with the early arrival of the rainy season and relentless precipitation as well as an unprecedented series of cyclones and tropical storms, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. read more

Maldives parliament convenes amidst protests

Report by Easwaran Rutnam The Parliament Speaker was forced to adjourn sittings several times as the protests continued and President Waheed was prevented from making his way to his seat in Parliament.Protests were staged outside parliament as well by MDP supporters with the police placing barricades preventing the protestors from getting close to the parliament building. At least two MDP members were removed from parliament after they continued to obstruct the President from making his speech. “The world is watching us today. We will be judged for the way we conduct ourselves. I urge everyone to maintain calm. I will do everything to uphold the constitution and laws of my country. I will perform my duty to the best of my ability,” the President said in his speech before he was interrupted by members of the opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP). The Maldives Parliament convened today for the first time this year amidst protests by members of the opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP).The Maldives President’s office said that President Mohamed Waheed delivered the Presidential address to the Parliament. The MDP led by former president Mohamed Nasheed had announced earlier that they will obstruct the President from making his speech.Nasheed claims that he was removed from power last year by the current administration in a coup, an allegation the government denies.The Maldives is scheduled to hold Presidential elections in September and Nasheed has announced that he will contest the polls. (Colombo Gazette) read more

US wholesale stockpiles increase 01 per cent in August sales drop 1

WASHINGTON – Cheaper oil and less demand for autos and machinery weighed on wholesalers in August, as their inventories edged up just slightly while sales dropped.The Commerce Department said Friday that wholesale stockpiles rose 0.1 per cent, and sales fell 1 per cent. Sales have slid 4.7 per cent over the past 12 months. Inventories have increased 4.1 per cent.Falling oil prices account for much of the declining sales.Oil inventories — which are measured in dollars — plummeted 4.6 per cent in August and 36.6 per cent over the past 12 months. Sales of autos and machinery also slipped. But rising inventories for equipment, pharmaceuticals and chemicals suggest that wholesalers still see ongoing demand heading into end of the year.Wholesale inventories are at a seasonally adjusted $583.9 billion, 4.1 per cent above a year ago.Sales weakened as the broader economy began to cool in August, hampered in large part by the risks of a worldwide deceleration in economic activity.The slowing Chinese economy triggered alarms about corporate profits, resulting in a stock market sell-off. Canada has officially retreated into recession, and emerging economies such as Brazil have veered into a downturn. Growth in Europe continues to muddle along.These problems seeped into the U.S. economy in the forms of a stronger dollar and lower energy prices. The rising value of the dollar caused American-made goods to become more expensive overseas, cutting into exports. Cheap oil and natural gas have led energy firms to cut back on their drilling activities and orders for pipeline and equipment.More Americans are beginning to see the impact from these economic pressures.Hiring has suddenly slowed. Employers added just 136,000 workers in August and 142,000 in September, well below the 3-month average of 324,333 at the end of 2014. Sales of existing homes have also fallen after strong gains earlier in the year.The U.S. economy has recovered at a modest pace from the Great Recession during the past six years. Annual economic growth has averaged 2.3 per cent in the first half of 2015, only slightly better than the pace during much of the recovery.Forecasters at the private Macroeconomic Advisers say growth in the July-September quarter is tracking 1.4 per cent. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Oct 9, 2015 8:10 am MDT Last Updated Oct 9, 2015 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2015 file photo, a forklift operator moves a pallet of goods at a Amazon.com fulfillment center in DuPont, Wash. The Commerce Department issues its August report on wholesale stockpiles on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) US wholesale stockpiles increase 0.1 per cent in August; sales drop 1 per cent read more

UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to wanton destruction of

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova told reporters at UN Headquarters following the unanimous adoption by the General Assembly of the resolution Saving the cultural heritage of Iraq that she welcomed the development as a “turning point” in mobilizing the world to protect the heritage as well as cultural diversity in Iraq.Ms. Bokova also said she believed the resolution is important as “it could identify cultural cleansing as a new phenomenon now that it is emerging as a threat to security of the people, security in the Middle East.”UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, speaking on the adaption of the resolution “with a deep sense of serious and historic responsibility,” noted the “destruction of cultural heritage bears witness to a form of violent extremism that seeks to destroy the present, past and future of human civilization.”That the destruction “is taking place today in Iraq, the cradle of Mesopotamian civilization, represents a loss not only for the Iraqi people, but truly for all of humanity,” Mr. Eliasson declared.He also commended the work of UNESCO and its partners for assisting Member States’ efforts to protect Iraq’s antiquities and urged “all Member States, in cooperation with Interpol and other relevant authorities, to step up efforts to prevent the trade in items of cultural, scientific and religious importance illegally removed from Iraq.”Speaking on behalf of General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, Vice-President Álvaro Mendonça e Moura expressed concern that barbaric and senseless attacks on irreplaceable artefacts of humanity’s shared cultural heritage were taking place with alarming frequency not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan, Syria, Mali and elsewhere. In keeping with the latest resolution, as well as to implement in “very concrete terms” an earlier Security Council resolution to counter financing of terrorism from the illegal trade of Iraqi cultural property, Ms. Bokova announced that she is planning to go to The Louvre Museum in Paris next week on June 1 to update the list of objects not to be exported or traded from Iraq.The UNESCO chief was joined at the press conference by Maria Böhmer, Minister of State of Germany, and Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations, as the two countries that presented the resolution to the General Assembly, which was adopted with more than 70 co-sponsors.She also said the passage of the resolution today “deeply resonates” with UNESCO’s mandate and its efforts to preserve cultural heritage in other countries of conflict like Syria, Libya, Mali and Yemen.The General Assembly resolution focuses on the fight against the destruction of cultural heritage and the attacks against cultural diversity in Iraq and includes a set of measures to end the destruction and looting of archaeological sites and cultural artefacts in Iraq.The four-page text calls for “an immediate halt to the wanton destruction of the cultural heritage of Iraq, including religious sites or objects, emphasizes that no such acts committed by ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) or other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with Al-Qaida will be tolerated, and also calls for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Iraq by protecting cultural and religious properties and sites consistent with international humanitarian law.”It also “stresses the importance of holding accountable perpetrators of attacks intentionally directed against buildings dedicated to religion, education, art, science or charitable purposes, or historic monuments.” read more

Much of the planets land severely degraded owing to increased consumption UN

Some 15 billion trees and 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost each year, according to the Global Land Outlook (GLO), launched today by the secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), at the meeting of States parties taking place in Ordos, China. The GLO takes a critical look at financial and socio-economic values of land, and its impact on the poor. It marks the first in-depth analysis of land functions viewed from multiple lenses such economic growth and global trade patterns, highlighting the inextricable links between land, these sectors, and the people that can work to save it. “Smallholder farmers, women and indigenous communities are the most vulnerable, given their reliance on land-based resources, compounded by their exclusion from wider infrastructure and economic development,” stated a news release issued by UNCCD. Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, said at the launch that land degradation and drought are global challenges and intimately linked to most, if not all aspects of human security and well-being, particularly food security, employment and migration.Hundreds of millions of people go to bed desperate, hungry and thirsty as a result. Under business-as-usual scenarios, there is no future relief. Monique Barbut“As the ready supply of healthy and productive land dries up and the population grows, competition is intensifying, for land within countries and globally,” she pointed out.More than 60 countries have established national land degradation baselines and set neutrality targets. In an effort to slow land degradation and maintain productive soil, over 110 countries have joined a global campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of reaching land degradation neutrality by 2030 a national target for action. Brazil, China, India, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa are among those that have committed to the national targets during the meeting in Ordos, a significant move for some of the world’s largest and most populous nations that could mean regaining resources, job security and resilience to climate change. Ms. Barbut noted that with the human population growing an extra 200,000 people daily, and 20 countries declaring drought emergencies over the last 18 months, there are unforeseeable challenges. “We were clearly not sufficiently prepared for these challenges,” she said. “Hundreds of millions of people go to bed desperate, hungry and thirsty as a result. Under business-as-usual scenarios, there is no future relief.” read more

Cincinnati Reds trying to sustain success Cleveland Indians hoping for fresh start

Ohio’s two Major League Baseball clubs had two very different tales to tell at the end of last season. Up in Cleveland, the Indians put together one of the most painful seasons in franchise history, erasing a strong start with an unfathomable 5-24 record in August, putting them at 68-94 for the year and in desperate need of some changes. At the other end of the state, the Cincinnati Reds enjoyed their second National League Central division title in three seasons, finishing with the National League’s second best record at 97-65. While the season would eventually end on a sour note after blowing a 2-0 series lead over the eventual-champion San Francisco Giants in the National League Division Series, the Reds were put in good position to only improve on an already balanced club. For the Indians, it was a mystery to everyone involved what general manager Chris Antonetti’s approach to the offseason would be after the abysmal year. As it turned out, the club decided to open up the checkbook and make a series of unprecedented moves. Never known for spending much on free agents, the Indians signed two of the biggest ones available, first baseman Nick Swisher and center fielder Michael Bourn. That was not all for the Tribe in the free agent market, as they also inked designated hitter Mark Reynolds and starting pitcher Brett Myers to sizeable deals. Antonetti also tried his hand in the trade market, opening the offseason with a minor deal, moving relief pitcher Esmil Rogers to Toronto for utility infielder Mike Aviles, and later making a huge splash, trading right fielder Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds as part of a three-team deal, getting back outfielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds, and top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with two relief pitchers, Bryan Shaw and Matt Albers. Many attribute this aggressive offseason to new manager Terry Francona, whose presence and influence seems to have ushered in a new era of Indians baseball. Signed as a bit of a surprise move in October following the firing of former skipper Manny Acta, Francona brings with him two World Series rings from Boston and a great deal of respect from around the league. So what can be expected from Francona’s Indians this year? The lineup certainly looks dangerous on paper, blending speed from Bourn, Stubb and Michael Brantley; power from Swisher, Reynolds and Carlos Santana; and all-around hitting from Jason Kipnis, Asdrubal Cabrera and Lonnie Chisenhall. The individual team defense, especially from the outfield, is among the league’s best, and should be able to save the pitchers several runs. The Indians also bolster a strong bullpen, led by closer Chris Perez and set-up man Vinnie Pestano. What will likely keep the Indians out of the postseason, however, is the starting rotation. Their ace, Justin Masterson, had a 4.93 ERA last season, Ubaldo Jimenez has been a disaster since being acquired from Colorado in 2011, Myers did not start a game for Houston or Chicago last season, Zach McAllister is unproven, and Scott Kazmir was last seen struggling for the independent Atlantic League Sugar Land Skeeters after pitching his way out of the MLB. The Indians do have strong depth for the bottom of the rotation at Triple-A Columbus, including Bauer, Carlos Carrasco and Daisuke Matsuzaka, but the holes at the top are just too big for a strong lineup to overcome. Expect the Indians to finish with about 80 wins, though it’s not unreasonable that they could contend for a wild-card spot if Masterson or Jimenez can regain their old form. Moving south, the Reds had a far less busy offseason. Already owning an elite lineup, rotation and bullpen, anything they added would simply be icing on the cake as they go for their second consecutive NL Central title. As a result, the Reds will be putting out a very similar team to the one Cincinnati fans witnessed last season. The only major change is in center field, where Stubbs was swapped with Choo. The rotation of Johnny Cueto, Mat Latos, Bronson Arroyo, Homer Bailey and Mike Leake is identical to last season’s, as is the bullpen, led by all-star closer Aroldis Chapman, who was considered being moved to the rotation but ultimately stayed in the bullpen, and set-up men Sean Marshall and Jonathan Broxton. The lineup also remains strong, adding Choo to a group that includes all-stars Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips and Jay Bruce, as well as power hitters like Todd Frazier and Ryan Ludwick, and defensive specialists Zack Cozart and Ryan Hanigan. Visit www.thelantern.com to read the rest of this story. If a weakness had to be pointed out for Cincinnati, it would have to be its outfield defense. Choo, who struggled in right field for several years in Cleveland, is now being forced to play the more treacherous center field by default. If he struggles, manager Dusty Baker might be forced to explore other options. This could open the door for top prospect Billy Hamilton to make his debut. Hamilton, who stole a minor league record 155 bases last season, is considered one of the most exciting prospects in baseball. There’s not a ton of mystery for how strongly a team as well-balanced as the Reds will perform. St. Louis could challenge for the NL Central title, but it’s hard to imagine the Reds falling short of a wild-card berth. Pencil them in for 88-96 wins and a third trip to October baseball in four years. read more

Jagdeo flays Govt on atrocious record with local authority bodies

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo opined that while the Government can be given credit for the holding of Local Government Elections, it cannot boast of upholding local government democracy.“They have an atrocious record in dealing with local government bodies,” he remarked during a press conference at Freedom House on Monday.Jagdeo was at the time responding to President David Granger’s accusation against the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) for “waging civil war” at the local government level.The President was at the time expressing disappointment in the PPP/C elected Councillors decision to “boycott” a conference that was held at the Marriott Hotel for Neighbourhood and Regional Democratic Councils.But Jagdeo explained that the Councillors had legitimate reasons for declining to attend the conference, and they duly expressed those concerns in a correspondence to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In reading the letter the Councillors dispatched, Jagdeo showed that they had concerns over the lateness in the arrival of the invitation but more importantly, the lack of consultation before the organisation of such a meeting.“We shall oppose the creation of any bodies which will impinge on or dilute the constitutional or legal power or authority of the elected regional democratic municipal councils,” Jagdeo said in reading an excerpt of the letter.He explained that the Councillors expressed the preference not to attend the conference because they did not want to convey the impression of endorsing the creation of such a body until it is properly arranged with adequate notice.The Opposition Leader indicated that it is unreasonable that the Head of State got upset over the democratic right of the regional representatives to not attend the conference and contended that in doing so, it is not a demonstration of waging civil war.“It’s not civil war, he has to learn to respect the elected officials and elected officials have no obligation to turn up when the President turns up. They are not employees of the State,” he emphasised.Further, the PPP General Secretary highlighted several other instances where the Government has undermined the local government democracy.He alluded to the instance where the Communities Minister had stepped in to install bodies of his personal liking, authorities who were not reflective of the popular vote in those Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) and the township of Mabaruma. Though the court intervened and quashed Bulkan’s appointments, ordering that the proper procedure be followed, the problem is yet to be rectified.Jagdeo also pointed to the delay in the establishment of the local government commission.“The local government commission is an important part of the entire system of local government so the Minister, in spite of the fact that the PPP has submitted its nominees for the past maybe six to seven months, has refused to put the local government commission body into effect… What effectively they are doing, they are stacking the place, hiring people who are hardcore [A Partnership for National Unity] APNU supporters so by time the local government commission is put in place, these individuals would be entrenched in the local government system,” the former President stated.Additionally, he said there have been a number of instances where Regional Executive Officers (REOs) have been acting with impunity and in defiance of the elected representatives of their respective regions without any sanction from central government.Another incident he highlighted is Government’s establishment of towns without widespread consultation with the people.“One of the tenets of good governance, particularly when you are changing the system of organisation, it is to consult with people… You can’t unilaterally change their form of organisation and expect them to kiss your feet every time you go visit them,” he stated, referring to the recent establishment of townships in Bartica, Lethem and Mabaruma.The Opposition Leader also noted with concern the Administration’s intention to establish more capital towns as well as the creation of new NDCs, once again, without proper consultations with the people who stand to be affected.Jagdeo also drew attention to the disruption of regional meetings by APNU/AFC aligned Councillors.“If the President is serious about local government democracy, then he needs to wean in his thugs,” the Opposition Leader asserted. (Guyana Times) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP/C will not return to National Assembly to extend life of “illegal” govt- JagdeoJune 24, 2019In “latest news”Local Govt Elections: No precise boundaries, lack of consultation unacceptable- JagdeoAugust 3, 2018In “latest news”What happened at City Hall was done with complicity of Central Govt- PPPNovember 4, 2018In “latest news” read more

Wangiwangi and Wakatobi Two white eye bird species discovered by Trinity College

first_img Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 6:15 AM By Cónal Thomas 14,457 Views Wangi-wangi and Wakatobi: Two white eye bird species discovered by Trinity College team near Indonesia The group has been studying birds on Sulawesi, in Indonesia, and its offshore islands since 1999. https://jrnl.ie/4602888 The Wangi-wangi white eye (L) and the Wakatobi white-eye (R). Source: Professor Nicola MarplesZOOLOGISTS AT TRINITY College Dublin have discovered two new species of birds following 20 years of research on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. Found on the Wakatobi Archipelago of the island, the indigenous Wakatobi white-eye and the Wangi-wangi white-eye bird species were discovered by Dr Nicola Marples’ team which has studied the biodiversity and bird species there since 1999.The recent discoveries shed light on how these species developed, Marples told TheJournal.ie. But they also bring new environmental and conservation challenges. Sulawesi lies in the middle of Indonesia, which sits at a geographic boundary between Asian and Australian species.The island has an unusually high number of endemic species – unique species found nowhere else –  due to the deep ocean trenches that isolated it from other land masses, even during past ice ages when ocean levels dropped.Defining species is far from straightforward, however, and was for many decades open to interpretation.Using modern research methods in determining species separation, Marples and her team incorporated genetic, body size and song measures as a means of comparing birds.Differences in bird song are particularly important in this task as birds use their songs to find their mates, Marples has said.So, if separated populations of birds sing different songs they won’t interbreed, which enables them to evolve in different directions.‘Ecological challenges’Eventually, after a number of generations, birds in the different populations may be sufficiently different to be classified therefore as unique species. Thus, the Wakatobi white-eye and the Wangi-wangi white-eye now being classed as separate species. For decades, the Wakatobi was thought to be a sub-species but, following genetic research, Marples’ team have now believe the bird is its own unique species.The Wangi-wangi was only discovered in 2003 by Marples’ team. Adaptable birds, both white-eye species feed on a wide variety of fruits, flowers and insects. White-eyes are also island colonisers, which is why so many different white-eye species have evolved so rapidly.The Wangi-wangi white-eye is a much older species, Marples has said, and it is only found on one tiny island. “It’s not even on the little satellite islands.”Of course, with any discovery comes ecological challenges. Lead author of the journal article on the Trinity team’s discovery, Dr Darren O’Connell, has said that both species of bird are at risk. “By highlighting the unique species special to the Wakatobi Islands we can help safeguard the remaining habitats on the islands, which are under huge pressure,” O’Connell has said.“We ultimately hope to have the islands recognised as an Endemic Bird Area so that they receive more conservation support.” Short URL Apr 24th 2019, 6:16 AM Share Tweet Email7 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Righteous among the Nations

first_imgThe family of Giorgos and Athina Vlachos were awarded the “Righteous among the Nations” award for rescuing members of a Greek Jewish family during the Holocaust. The award ceremony took place at the Acropolis Museum in Athens on Monday.The title is awarded to those who helped Jews escape Nazi persecution by Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem-based museum and institute established to perpetuate the memory of Holocaust victims.In 1943, the family of Minos Matsas abandoned Athens and with the help of Athina Vlachos’s brother reached Dikastro, a small village in Central Greece. For a year and a half the Matsas family was hosted by Athina and Giorgos Vlachos, while fellow villagers, who suspected the Vlachos household’s guests were Jews, kept quiet. The Matsas family eventually fled Dikastro when Nazi forces started conducting military operations in the area.Speaking at the event on Monday were Ambassador of Israel Irit Ben-Abba, the president of the central board of Greek Jewish communities and Makis Matsas, son of Minos, among others.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Apple préparerait un iPhone low cost

first_imgApple préparerait un iPhone low costSelon l’agence Bloomberg, un iPhone plus petit que le modèle actuel pourrait être vendu 200 dollars sans abonnement dans le futur. L’iPhone “nano” serait-il le prochain projet de la firme à la pomme ? C’est en tout cas ce qu’affirme Bloomberg, en se basant sur les propos de personnes “informées des plans” d’Apple. Ce smartphone serait une version plus compacte et surtout low cost de l’iPhone actuel. Pour l’agence américaine, il s’agirait de faire face au système Android de Google, concurrent féroce. En France, ce dernier représente aujourd’hui près de 20% des smartphones en circulation, contre 3% un an plus tôt, tandis qu’Apple reste bloqué à 30%, précise Le Figaro. Si ce smartphone se veut à la portée de plus de bourses, il ne serait toutefois pas innovant comparé aux modèles actuels. Les mêmes composants seraient repris.Reste à savoir si les consommateurs se satisferont d’un écran tactile plus petit, donc moins facilement maniable. En effet, d’après Bloomberg sa taille devrait être réduite d’un tiers. Le 11 février 2011 à 16:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Néandertal appréciait les fruits de mer dès 150000 ans

first_imgNéandertal appréciait les fruits de mer dès -150.000 ansPubliée le 14 septembre dans PLoS ONE, une étude espagnole montre qu’il y a 150.000 ans, l’homme de Néandertal consommait déjà des fruits de mer, comme l’attestent des débris d’outils et de coquillages découverts dans une grotte du sud de l’Espagne.C’est dans la grotte de Bajondillo, à Torremolinos, dans le sud de l’Espagne, qu’ont été découverts des vestiges d’outils néandertaliens mêlés à de très anciens débris de coquillages, de moules, notamment. Or, une équipe dirigée par Miguel Cortes Sanchez, chercheur à l’université de Séville, a réussi à dater ces restes organiques grâce au radiocarbone. Ceux-ci remontent à 150.000 ans ! À lire aussiCette vidéo retrace l’évolution de nos ancêtres en moins de 2 minutesÀ cette époque, Néandertal consommait donc déjà des fruits de mer. Soit 100.000 ans plus tôt que ce que de précédentes découvertes avaient établi. Homo sapiens, de son côté, faisait de même il y a 164.000 ans, comme l’attestent des travaux antérieurs réalisés sur le site de Pinnacle Point, en Afrique du Sud. “De nombreux chercheurs estiment que la consommation de fruits de mer est l’un des comportements qui définissent l’homme [anatomiquement] moderne, [et qui auraient] facilité son expansion(…). Mais cette étude montre qu’au même moment, des Homo Sapiens (…) et des Néandertaliens (…) avaient cette même habitude”, a déclaré Francisco Jimenez Espejo, chercheur au Conseil supérieur des recherches scientifiques (CSIC). Le 16 septembre 2011 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Japan has chocolatescented septic trucks to mask the smell of poo

first_imgTo quote Shakespeare, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The reverse is true, too. A septic truck still smells like poop if you call it a Honeywagon.That’s to be expected from a vehicle that goes around hoovering sewage out of people’s septic tanks day in and day out. And what thanks does the pump operator get for cleaning up? Complaints about how horrible the truck smells, of course.Does it really still have to be that way in the 21st century, asked a group of four Japanese companies? Heck no, said Yamamoto Fragrance! The maker of industrial supplies recently announced a solution to the problem of smelly septic trucks: they made them pump out a chocolate aroma.They started out with an existing product called Deo Magic, which they’ve marketed since 2011 as an odor-busting additive for things like diapers. A truck obviously isn’t anything like a diaper, so they had to figure out a very different scent delivery system.Their solution was a very clever one. They put it in the trucks’ oil tanks, sort of like how you might dump a Lucas additive in your own vehicle to keep things running smoothly. When it’s warmed up, the trucks waft a chocolatey smell as they make their rounds.I can’t help but think that rather than a nice, straight-up chocolate smell that the result is more like chocolate notes floating atop a whole lot of poop… which, of course, reminded me of one of Bill Murray’s best movie scenes ever.last_img read more

Mourinho – United didnt improve

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho bemoans their lack of activity in the last transfer window, saying “everyone improved except us”.United failed to sign their center-back targets in the summer transfer window, Mourinho, however, managed to bring in Fred and Diogo Dalot spending £80m in the process.Except for Tottenham Hotspur, the top six clubs were all active in the last window, and the Portuguese boss believes United are behind their rivals because of their lack of signings, arguing that Spurs already had a quality team.“The distance [between United and top four] is something I couldn’t predict,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“You always think in a positive way, you always think the distance is not going to be so big.“But I said clearly, last season we didn’t get the credit we deserved. To finish second, to play the FA Cup final and to qualify as winners in our Champions League group – we didn’t get the credit we deserved at all.“All the teams they got better, Spurs was the team that did not make a direct investment, but the best investment is to keep the top players that you have. So every team got better and we didn’t.”last_img read more

Belgian Malinois rolls over competition becomes Miami Beach K9

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – The force is strong with “Vader.” The police force, that is.The 2-year-old Belgian Malinois has joined the ranks of the Miami Beach Police Department but not without facing some hairy competition.The department took a look at the skills of Vader and four other four-legged applicants, Wednesday.The contenders were put to the test with their handlers, as Miami Beach Police officials selected the dog they deemed most capable at bomb detection and criminal apprehension.“This is an incredible tool that we use on a daily basis,” said Miami Beach Police Officer Henry Doce. “These dogs are used in building searches, area searches. We’re constantly looking for criminal subjects that flee from the police, that have committed violent crimes, so they’re also used in either bomb sweeps or narcotics sweeps as well.”Vader emerged as the top dog. His next step will be an intense six months of K-9 training with his new partner.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Regulators Reviewing Drilling Rig Safety Rules

first_imgU.S. Coast GuardAnchor-handling tugboats battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.A man from Katy, Texas is still unaccounted for after an oil rig explosion in Louisiana. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for Timothy Morrison on Monday. The incident comes amid a broader re-thinking of drilling rig safety rules. The explosion happened in Louisiana waters, and the platform wasn’t subject to federal regulations.Still, being on any rig is inherently dangerous. We know that from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and regulators are rethinking rules designed to keep that scale of an explosion from happening again.“The ultimate goal is to identify ways to remove or reduce some of the burden on the industry,” said Greg Julian, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which is handling the review.At a September forum in Houston, the Bureau heard recommendations from oil and gas companies. The American Petroleum Institute has a 50-page list of parts of the rule it wants deleted or changed. Companies say it costs time and money, and the administrative burdens distract from a focus on safety.Alexandra Adams, with the Natural Resources Defense Council, doesn’t agree.“This review is just simply bad policy and puts workers, and our resources, at risk,” she said.There’s still no timeline on when the Bureau’s review will be completed. Sharelast_img read more